GRETNA – A homeowner is suing Jefferson Parish after one of its workers allegedly trespassed on her property and cut a number of small trees without her knowledge.

Edith Sassone filed suit against Jefferson Parish in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 15.

Sassone contends that on the side of her home located at 612 Hesper Ave. in Metairie she has a large oak tree and had six crape myrtles planted underneath that she planted after her husband of 59 years died. The plaintiff asserts that on July 22, 2013 an employee of the Department of Parkways trespassed on the plaintiff’s property and cut her crape myrtles without her consent.

The defendant is accused of reckless disregard for property rights, making improper cuttings to trees and destruction of private property in violation of state law.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for fair market value damage to trees, invasion of rights, property damage, mental anguish and emotional distress.

Sassone is represented by attorney Martha Sassone of Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Scott U. Schlegel.

Case no. 740-308.

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